Apr 03, 2013 | Post by: Meghan

CIY: Bold Flower Necklace

Growing up I use to love playing with Play-Doh.  Something about the color, the texture, and the smell.  Oh, the smell… I remember I use to play with this contraption that I would attach little people to, that had holes in the tops of their heads.  I would crank a lever and the little people would grow Play-Doh hair.  I had hours of entertainment cutting and re-growing hair.  Ipad what? Oh, how entertaining kids has changed.

I never imaged that I would get the chance to play with clay again in my thirties.  To create my Oscar de la Renta look I decided to grab some clay and go to town.  Unfortunately this clay did not have the Play-Doh smell I remember, but I still had just as much fun creating with it.

Supplies:

– FIMO clay (I got mine from Joann Fabrics)

– Folk Art High-Shine Glaze

– Jewelry Chain

– Jewelry Wire

– 1 yard ribbon

– Jewelry Tools (you can use needle noses pliers if you have them)

– Red Felt (1 sheet)

– Hot Glue Gun (with glue sticks)

– Parchment Paper

Red Flower Necklace

{Step 1}: Cover your work area with parchment paper.  You want to make sure the clay doesn’t ruin your surface. Grab some clay and make a ball that is about an inch and a half in diameter.

{Step 2}: Start rolling your clay out on the table using your palm.

{Step 3:} Your clay should be getting longer and narrower.

{Step 4}: Grab 4 more clay balls and continue rolling them out until you get varying lengths of clay.  The longest is 15 in, the next two are 9 in, and the two smallest are 7.5 in.

{Step 5}: Take a rolling-pin (or the parchment paper tube if you do not have a rolling-pin) and lightly roll over your clay from end to end to flatten your clay (you don’t want it too flat).

{Step 6}: Start at one end of your rolled clay and start wrapping the clay around itself.  Do this for all of your clay “logs”.

Red Flower Necklace{Step 7}:  Place your clay flowers on a baking sheet.  Bake your clay according to the package.  After your clay is done baking, let it cool.

Red Flower Necklace{Step 8}:  Once your clay is dry, spray all of your flowers with the High-shine glaze.  Let dry.

Red Flower Necklace

{Step 9}: Grab your jewelry wire and preferred tools.  Place the wire at the tip of your tool.

{Step 10}: Bend the wire with your tool forming a loop.

{Step 11}: Lay your wire with the loop over your largest flower.  Cut the wire so your loop slightly hangs over your flower and the other end will slightly hang over the other end once the other loop is made.  This does not have to be exact.  Do this to all of your flowers.

{Step 12}: Your wire should look like this.

Red Flower Necklace

{Step 13}: Once you have made all of your wires, place the wire on top of each of your flowers, cut out small circles of felt.  Put glue on the back of your felt and place your felt over your wires.  This will glue the wire to your flower.

Red Flower Necklace

{Step 14}: Unwrap your chain.

{Step 15}: Grab two pliers.  Grab one end of your chain link with one of your pliers and the other end of the chain link with your other pliers.  Slide the two sides past one another to open up the chain link.

{Step 16 and 17}: Take one open side of your link and put it through one of the open loops on your largest flower. Use your two pliers to close the open link.  Count three links from your flower (or whatever desired length you would like), open the third link, take the rest of the links off and slide the open link into the loop of your next largest flower, then close the link with your pliers.

{Step 18}: Repeat this until you have linked all of your flowers together. You will want to add chain to your smallest flower that will go around your neck.  I used seven chain links on each side for this.

Red Flower Necklace

{Step 19}: Fold your ribbon in half and cut.

Red Flower Necklace

{Step 20}: You will now have two ribbons.  Fold each of the ribbons in half.

Red Flower Necklace{Step 21}: Take the folded end of your ribbon and push it through the last chain link of your necklace.

Red Flower Necklace

{Step 22}: Take the two ends of your ribbon and run them through the loop you just made through the chain link and pull.  This will create a knot. Do this to the other side.

Red Flower Necklace

Tie your ribbon around your neck and you are finished!

Red Flower Necklace

Red Flower Necklace

 {Photo Credit: Right: Oscar de la Renta}

 

6 Comments to CIY: Bold Flower Necklace

  1. Emily
    April 3, 2013 1:42 pm

    Um this is amazing! I love the unique floral twist. Well done lady!
    Isn’t That Charming.

  2. Abby N.
    April 3, 2013 8:47 pm

    Are you kidding me with this?! You’re amazing! :)

  3. Meghan
    April 3, 2013 11:02 pm

    Thanks, Ladies! This was pretty easy to make.

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